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Preston Duncan

Lead Field Technician

As a Lead Field Technician based out of the Palomarin field station I participate in many projects with Point Blue, including Spotted Owl Monitoring in Marin County, surveying bird population response to plant restoration in the Presidio District in San Francisco, and monitoring bird populations around Mount Tamalpais on Marin Water lands. Additionally, I am currently a student at San Francisco State University working towards my Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Sciences. I work in the Ellen Hines lab, where I utilize Point Blue and partners’ extensive Spotted Owl dataset to investigate the roll that territory selection plays in reproductive success and frequency in our Marin County population.

I grew up in Ventura, California and received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/Biology at UC Santa Cruz where I became inspired with field biology and the small (and big) wonders that one might notice about the natural world when you slow down and observe. After university, I found myself on Santa Cruz Island working in the field where I truly fell in love with following birds around and studying their behavior. I came to Point Blue in 2016 as an intern at the Palomarin field station, and have since delved into the many projects listed above as well as some work on the Farallon Islands.

I take pride in working with Point Blue’s staff, apprentices, and partners to accomplish conservation goals and gain a more meaningful understanding of our ecosystems. I thoroughly enjoy my time spent working in the many beautiful places in the Bay Area, and while I am not looking tirelessly for birds calling in the treetops or perusing maps in GIS, you can find me in the ocean somewhere along our long stretch of coast, deep in the Sierras, riding my bike in the hills, or hanging with friends in West Marin.